PUTTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE FIRST IN TAMWORTH ELECTORATE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said a $6.8 billion investment in the Family and Community Services cluster will help better protect the most vulnerable in the Tamworth Electorate.
Mr Anderson said the investment will ensure vulnerable children and families, those at risk of homelessness and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, improve their lives and build a better future.
“There has been tremendous investment in roads and services, but this Budget is also about putting our people first.
“Right across our electorate in our communities there are people who, through no fault of their own, end up places where they just don’t want to be.
“This Budget will invest more than $61 million over four years in new funding for assertive outreach, early intervention and tenancy supports as part of the $1 billion investment over four years in this year’s Budget to support those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
“Whether it is in Tamworth, Gunnedah or even in our smaller communities, this Government is continuing to build an effective system that is able to recognise and respond to the complex nature of homelessness and break the cycle of disadvantage.
“The Budget will also deliver a $59 million boost to the child protection frontline over four years which will see more caseworkers and continue the Adoptions Taskforce’s record-breaking and nation-leading work in finalising adoptions from out-of-home care.
“Our wonderful caseworkers are seeing more than 15,000 additional children reported at risk of significant harm than they were in 2010-11 and I am delighted that this investment will support them in this important work.
There will also be more than $44 million over three years in new funding to continue to tackle domestic violence in the community and reduce the rate of re-offending, taking NSW’s total investment to more than $390 million over four years in specialist initiatives across Government.
The Budget will invest more than $33 million over four years in new funding to deliver the Aboriginal Housing Strategy that will provide homes and wraparound support services.